The World Bank - South Asia Region Transport Global Practice is hosting a series of webinars, workshops, training events on “Climate Resilient Transportation” in India, with the goal of raising awareness around the challenges and strategies to build resilience of communities through transport infrastructure, systems, and services in the country. It is also being held as part of the Lighthouse India initiative. The World Bank Group indeed supports systematic efforts to create and curate relevant knowledge and know-how, in particular generated within India, and disseminate it to the largest extent possible in the country for enhanced capacity building both at the national and state levels. These events provide an opportunity to leverage the international and Indian experience on climate resilience in the transportation sector, which is a key development issue in the current context. The ultimate goal of this series of events is to build a common vision and strategy to provide long-term resilient transportation infrastructure and services in rural and urban areas, among key stakeholders across the entire community (government, academia, think tanks, private sector, other developing partners) and decision-makers at all levels of governance.
It's time to build back better. The COVID-19 epidemic has wreaked havoc on our supply networks, businesses, and communities’ lives in unprecedented ways. It has also demonstrated the significance of predicting risks and planning ahead of time to minimize negative economic consequences. Roads, railways, rivers, airports, and other modes of transportation are essential for maintaining mobility and access to important services. Access to markets, jobs, schools, and social services is provided by reliable and sustainable transportation infrastructure, which is one of the backbones of a strong economy. These events are timely because they focus on building resilient transportation systems, networks and services in India by discussing topics including among others system network planning, design & engineering, operations & maintenance, contingency programming, institutional coordination & capacity, climate & disaster risk financing, urban resilience, innovative solutions such as nature based solutions & bioengineering, inclusion of social and community groups, etc., all within the "Building Back Better" framework.